Multi-million pound boost for Harlow schools

Politics / Wed 4th Feb 2015 at 07:45pm

ESSEX County Council’s Cabinet has supported plans proposed in the 2015/16 budget report to spend almost £70m on school projects, of which approximately £55m will be spent on creating new school places.

The budget report, which needs to be agreed by Full Council next month, outlines plans for educational spending to support the creation of over 3,000 new school places across primary and secondary schools.

Cllr Ray Gooding, cabinet member for Education and Lifelong Learning said: “This funding will allow us to create much needed school places in specific areas of need. It is well documented that in certain areas of the county we need to create additional places due to population increases. We have worked hard over a number of years to create additional places and are on track to create some 900 new reception places for September 2015.

“The proposals backed by cabinet this week will help us to continue this good work and ensure over the next five years we continue to make places available in good or outstanding schools to ensure children can reach their full potential through education and are given the best start in life.”

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